Sierra Leone Embarks on One of West Africa’s Largest Solar Parks

Sierra Leone is getting plans underway to have one of the largest solar parks in the region. The country awarded UAE conglomerate Mulk OGI-Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC (subsidiary of Mulk Holdings) an $18-million solar park project to be located in Freetown.

Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC, has been selected for the construction of a 6 MW PV plant in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in the frame of IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program. According to Business Ghana, the IRENA/ADFD initiative will provide $9 million in financing for the project, that will require a global investment of $18 million. The thin-film PV modules for the project will be provided by the UAE renewable energy company Masdar, a business unit of Mubadala Development Co. The IRENA/ADFD Project Facility Program is an initiative led by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) to provide financing of up to $350 million for renewable energy projects in developing countries. Sierra Leone aims to cover 25% of the country's electricity generation from renewable source by 2015.

Rural Electrification in Benin: Yayi Boni launches the project of electrification of 67 villages

The President of the Republic of Benin, accompanied by the Minister of Energy Barthélémy Kassa, on the 2nd of January, 2014, launched the electrification project of sixty-seven (67) new communities within the city of Abomey-Calabi. The people of Abomey-Calabi were mobilized to expressed their gratitude to Boni Yayi.

In his welcome address, the mayor of the community of Abomey-Calabi recalled  the many development activities initiated by the President Boni Yayi for the people of Benin, in particular the city Abomey-Calabi . According to Patrice Hounsou-Guèdè, the actions of the leader of the State have revolutioned all sectors of development since 2006 and the energy sector is indeed a clear example of it.

Gambia Energy Sector Gets U.S.$31.9 Million Grant

The government of The Gambia and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) signed a US$31.9M grant agreement, earmarked for the former's energy sector. Reached at the Golf Hotel in Abidjan on the sidelines of the 71st Ordinary Session of the Council of Ministers of ECOWAS, the grant is provided by the ECOWAS Emergency Regional Programme for Improved Electricity Supply Facility (EERPIEF).

The other two countries that benefited from the grant are the Republics of Mali and Sierra Leone, which respectively received US$54.34M and US$21.8M. The project seeks to improve electricity supply within these three countries in the sub-region.

Liberia receives $50m renewable-energy funding endorsement

The AfDB backed Liberia for this investment, which would be used to bolster the country’s intention of reaching a 35% electrification rate by 2030, as opposed to the current rate of 2%. The plan is designed to help increase energy access through off-grid electricity schemes based on small hydro, solar PV, biomass, and hybrid systems.

ECOWAS Electricity Tariffs

In the pursue of our goal to provide reliable and updated information about the energy sector in ECOWAS countries, ECREEE has taken a laudable step towards harmonizing the various electricity tariffs systems in place throughout the region. ECREEE adopted the model used by the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA, in French the Association des Sociétés d’Electricité d’Afrique – ASEA, formerly UPDEA).

Renewable energy law in the Gambia

The Government of the Gambia is currently developing an ambitious Renewable Energy law, a project funded by the European Union. The objectives of the RE act are to: